10 Most Iconic Celebrity Updos
There’s something about an intricate and well designed updo that can boost a red carpet look from a nine to a ten in one quick glance. Celebrities have proven better than anyone that they have mastered the craft of a perfect red carpet updo and have taken their twisted looks to impressive heights time and time again. Whether you wish to channel a beachy vibe like Blake Lively, a timeless twisted look like Audrey Hepburn or a polished ballerina bun like Beyonce, follow along for the most iconic celebrity updos for all your hair styling inspiration:
10. Lauren Conrad
During her days on The Hills, Lauren Conrad made the deconstructed, twisted updo a hair icon. Whether it was braiding her bangs across her forehead or incorporating loose twists in a red carpet look, the star created a braid frenzy in the 2000s by blending intricate braid designs into almost all of her hair looks. This California-inspired hair creation is breezy and loose looking, which epitomizes the windswept, whimsical style that Lauren has become known for.
9. Beyonce Knowles
Beyonce is the queen of frequently changing up her hairstyles. Over the years we’ve seen her in a variety of lengths, colours and cuts and she has enviably perfected every type of updo imaginable. This particular updo look is sleek and polished, but also voluminous and full of intricate twists detailing throughout the topknot. We love how Beyonce channeled her inner ballerina by pulling her hair up, which put the chandelier earrings she donned on display.
8. Julianne Hough
When Julianne Hough rocked this messy updo at the 2008 Emmy Creative Arts Awards, her tousled tresses became the wedding and prom inspiration for women everywhere. The sideswept look featured loose layers wisping around her face and a braided bang across her forehead. The sideswept bun was pinned loosely and appears deconstructed, but still elegant and undoubtedly worthy of red carpet style attention.
7. Sarah Jessica Parker
Sarah Jessica Parker has absolutely made us fall back in love with a classic bun time and time again. Her updo looks are timeless and highly structured, which creates a polished, glam vibe that we love. With this particular look, the star channeled ladylike glamour and sleeked all her hair back into a smooth braided bun. Although it may initially appear intricate, the look is actually quite easy to achieve by the average fashionista and simply requires braiding the entire length of your hair, wrapping it around the base of a ponytail and pinning in place.
6. Blake Lively
Blake Lively is a standout starlet at achieving perfectly messy texture, and her updos prove to do exactly that! Her trademark beach waves have become her signature hair look, meaning braids, twists and teasing come at no shortage when it comes to Lively’s red carpet styles. This particular look features a loose twisted bun at the nape of her neck and a blended braid trailing along the side of her head to meet the bun. We love how Lively left wisps of hair framing her face to cultivate her classic beachy vibe.
5. Kate Middleton
Of all Kate Middleton’s flattering hairstyles, we have to admit the pearl-studded chignon the duchess donned at the British High Commission Residence in Malaysia in 2012 is the best of them all. This swoon-worthy look is the epitome of graceful royalty. Rather than wearing a typical pearl necklace, Middleton chose to take her own twist on the classic look by instead pinning pearls into her hair! The romantic bun is fit for a princess with its sleek and delicate details, which landed this as one of the most iconic celebrity updos to date.
4. Audrey Hepburn
We couldn’t mention iconic updos without mentioning Audrey Hepburn’s twisted chignon from the opening scene of Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The look is a 20th century classic and shows off Hepburn’s delicate features and high cheekbones flawlessly. The direction in which the hair is swept truly flaunts the intricate coloring and highlights of Audrey’s brunette locks. This Hollywood updo is the epitome of understated glamour and, by incorporating a sparkling tiara on top of her head, Hepburn proved she truly is the queen of elegance and class.
3. Julia Roberts
No one could stop talking about the updo masterpiece Julia Roberts donned at the 2001 Oscars red carpet. Over sixteen years later fans are still in awe over the sculptural creation and tutorials continue to circle attempting to re-create the oversized yet sleek updo look. She channeled old Hollywood glamour by donning a vintage Valentino gown, but the elegant and structured hair style truly stole the show. This night Roberts won Best Actress for her role in Erin Brockovich, so this particular evening was both a career and beauty win for the stunning actress!
2. Emma Watson
The soft updo Emma Watson rocked at the premiere of her latest film Beauty and the Beast stunned us all. The look incorporated a variety of tiny twists and braids, but the true factor that turned heads was the gold detailing laced within. In the film, there is a scene where golden specks float from the air and land as decals among Belle’s dress and hair, so we applaud Watson for paying tribute to her film and showcasing these gorgeous, gold-accent accessories on the night of the premiere. Watson looked ethereal and princess-like, even off the set of playing Princess Belle in Beauty and the Beast!
1. Brigitte Bardot
1960’s beauty symbol Brigitte Bardot arguably made the twisted updo an icon during her years in Hollywood. The French actress had an innate elegance about her and the classic chic, coiffed updos she donned immediately became the most coveted hairstyle of the decade. Her bouffant updos are voluminous and effortlessly sexy but still polished. She singlehandedly created an updo legacy that lasted over 50 years and women everywhere still try to achieve her teased and tousled tresses today.